“In case of Russian attack” NATO planning 30,000 strong “Readiness Force”

On top of existing 20,000-man NATO Response Force

Promo for existing NATO Readiness Force
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Klaus Geiger and Christoph Schlitz in Die Welt

NATO plans new readiness pool with 30,000 troops

NATO wants to build a new readiness pool of about 30,000 soldiers. They are to be operational on 30 days notice and are to be equipped with fighter jets and ships. In high NATO circles it is being said, “Germany will play a leading role” in this new pool.


NATO wants to improve its readiness in the event of an attack from Russia. The Alliance plans to significantly increase the operational readiness of selected, existing forces on land, sea and air of individual Allies, which then together would form a kind of preparedness pool in case of a crisis.

These are about 30,000 soldiers who should be ready within 30 days.

According to the plans, they will be equipped with several hundred fighter jets and ships. Die Welt Am Sonntag has this information from highly informed NATO diplomats.

The new Readiness Pool will be built in addition to the existing NATO Response Force, (NRF) which currently has around 20,000 troops.

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The NATO defense ministers will be discussing it next week at their meeting in Brussels (June 7 and 8). The NATO leaders would then adopt a political declaration at their summit in mid-July.

A NATO official said: “NATO will not set up or station a new force. The focus of our discussions is to increase the preparedness of existing national forces and their ability to move within Europe and across the Atlantic.” However, NATO defense ministers would not be advising on specific troop numbers on Thursday, the NATO official said.

In high NATO circles it was said, “Germany will play a leading role” in this new pool. “We need to get faster and be able to quickly move a large number of soldiers and equipment for credible deterrence, and exhibit our defense readiness,” a NATO diplomat said.”

The initiative for the new reserve pool came from Washington in recent months.

In the future, NATO also wants to improve “military mobility” in order to be able to transport heavy equipment such as tanks faster to the place of deployment. This requires infrastructure improvements but also requires the removal of administrative hurdles and accelerated political decisions. However, as NATO circles have said, it is not just about better transport within Europe, but also between European and transatlantic allies, such as America and Canada. The NATO defense ministers will also discuss this issue next week.

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